The Toronto Marlies fell 4-2 to the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night. They’re now 5-6-1-1 against North Division opponents this season.
The Crunch opened the scoring early in this one, as Remi Elie tallied one just over three minutes in and Shawn Element added another later on in the frame. But Bobby McMann broke through for the home side with one on the power play before the period was over, cutting the Syracuse lead in half before the first intermission.
In the second Cole Koepke extended the Crunch lead with his fourth of the season. Pavel Gogolev scored the Marlies second power-play goal of the game later in the second, once again making it a one goal game before the break.
But, in the third period, it was only Syracuse who managed to find the back of the net, as Remi Elie scored his second of the game en route to a 4-2 Crunch win. Erik Källgren made 28 saves in the loss.
The Marlies are back in action on Saturday as they head to Grand Rapids for two straight. Puck drop is at 7:00pm EST.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Syracuse: R. Elie (4) (R. Jones, A. Sustr), S. Element (2) (A. Sustr), C. Koepke (4) (O. Somppi), R. Elie (5) PP (S. Day, A. Barre-Boulet)
Goaltender: M. Lagace (26/28)
Toronto: B. McMann (5) PP (J. Anderson, F. Kràl), P. Gogolev (3) PP (B. Kapcheck, C. Douglas)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (28/32)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Bobby McMann put the Marlies on the board at 12:32 of the first period on the power play. He has goals (2) in consecutive games. McMann has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Pavel Gogolev scored on the power play at 14:57 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Gogolev has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Joey Anderson picked up the primary assist on McMann’s first period goal. He has 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 17 games with the Marlies this season.
- Filip Kràl recorded the secondary assist on McMann’s first period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Brennan Kapcheck had the primary assist on Gogolev’s second period goal. This was Kapcheck’s first game with the Marlies this season. He has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) with the Growlers through 16 games.
- Curtis Douglas registered the secondary assist on Gogolev’s second period goal. He has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 19 games this season.
- Erik Källgren stopped 28 of 32 shots he faced.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 6-5-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 4-5-1-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- This is Toronto’s third game recording more than one power play goal.
- Syracuse had a 32-28 edge in shots in all situations. Bobby McMann led the Marlies with six shots on goal. Toronto is 7-6-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-6-1-1 against North Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Syracuse Crunch.
Trailing after 1 4-7-0-0
Trailing after 2 1-7-0-0
Goals 9 (J. Ho-Sang)
Assists 18 (J. Duszak)
Points 19 (J. Duszak)
PPG 3 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 43 (J. Anderson)
+/- +3 (J. Duszak)
PIMS 50 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
I thought the chances were still pretty even for the most part throughout the game. The game could have gone either way. In the D zone we just needed a couple more blocks and shot lanes and boxing out the net front, but given the circumstances of the day and the guys kind of being thrown in the blender for the most part with the lineup and the lines, I thought everyone did an excellent job of finding their way today.
On tonight’s lineup:
Obviously a very different lineup. A lot of different lines put together. As the first period went along, we started to do a lot of good things. With the shot totals at the end of the first you could tell that we found our legs and found some rhythm within ourselves and got some opportunities towards the net in the first.
BOBBY McMANN (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s game:
It was a bit of a tough start for us. That’s something that we’re working on and we’ve been battling with that this year. We just felt like we were behind the eight-ball from the get-go there and if we would have had a better start, I think we would have had a different outcome that’s for sure because I just felt like we were skating behind it and chasing it a little bit off the start and that’s not a way you want to start the game.
December 12: Recalled forward Brett Seney from loan by Toronto (NHL).
December 12: Recalled defenceman Carl Dahlström from loan by Toronto (NHL).
December 12: Returned defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns on loan from Toronto (NHL).
December 11: Returned goaltender Joseph Woll on loan from Toronto (NHL).
December 9: Forward Kurtis Gabriel recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL).
December 9: Defenceman Chad Krys loaned from Toronto (NHL).
*All times Eastern Standard Time
December 18 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.
December 19 at Grand Rapids – 4:00 p.m.
December 21 vs. WB/Scranton – 7:00 p.m.
December 26 vs. Belleville – 3:00 p.m. (Scotiabank Arena)
December 28 vs. Providence – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies host the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night, in the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. Toronto currently sits third in the North Division, while Syracuse sits seventh. The Marlies are 5-5-1-1 against North Division opponents so far this season.
The Marlies are looking to bounce back after losing two of three on the road last weekend, while the Crunch are coming off of a 5-3 loss to Charlotte on Saturday.
Some players to watch on the Marlies side, Josh Ho-Sang has nine goals and 15 points so far this season, while Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is the Marlies leading rookie scorer with 13. On the Crunch side, Gabriel Dumont leads the team with 18 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on Leafs Nation Network, TSN, and AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.